Biographies of the Speakers

Sue Ferguson Gussow

A figurative artist who teaches poetically at Cooper Union and whose works have graced numerous art institutions across the USA. She has taught at Yale, Stanford, Bennington, Columbia and the Frick. She finds spiritual empowerment in drawing, which some of her students used to grasp the horror or 9/11.

Larry Kagan

A sculptor who has worked in Lucite, steel and now in shadow. A gifted teacher at RPI where he has chaired the Art Department and was Associate Dean of the Humanities. Has taught in Israel and exhibited internationally. In NYC he shows at the OK Harris Gallery where his latest works always amaze ... and sell out.

Mary Theresa Streck & Jay Murnane

The Ark is an after school arts, education and technology center for children and young adults in a public housing project in downtown Troy, NY. The Ark is premised on the belief that when young people are able to create something beautiful out of clay, fibre, paint or Photoshop, they have experiential knowledge about their innate creativity, the healing, liberating joy of self-expression and their capacity for beauty-making which they can apply to the living of their lives.

Mary Theresa Streck and Jay Murnane are artists and educators who began the Ark in 1978 and through the years have followed the path that their work with young people opened up. Mary Theresa and Jay continue to lead the Ark and are directors of the Ark Community Charter School.

Anik Pearson

An architect in private practice who was inspired by John Hejduk to seek the poetic in conceptual design. Even as a student, she was asked to speak at an ARC gathering on her provocative perspective on Notre Dame.

Patrick Quinn

has drawn since he was five. He too used drawings to come to grips with the tragedy of the twin towers. He has drawn upon the sacred places in many countries, using his body as a measure to grasp spatial dimensions.

Robert Rambusch

Is a liturgical artist whose works grace churches throughout America. Lecturing widely and irreverently on objects of reverence, he challenges the conventional.


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From time to time the Board of Directors elects as Fellows individuals it identifies as having made a distinguished contribution to their respective fields. The list of Fellows elected over a period of nearly four decades thus exemplifies what the Society understands as the necessary and vital connections between art, religion and culture.

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Spring 2002
Alfred Barr and
the Religious Dimension of Modernism

Winter 2002
A Theology of Beauty

Fall 2001
Lifting the Veil

May 2001

February 2001
Performance and Symposium

November 2000
Illuminations & Transformations:
Cross-Cultural Spiritual Dynamics 
in Music, Text, Dance and Film

May 2000
Alternative Readings: 
Sacred Text Embodied in Visual Art

February 2000
The Meaning of Myth

November 1999
Myth, Ritual and the Mediation of Violence

May, 1999
Writers' Ways with Loving and Dying

February, 1999 
The Divine Image
Implications for a changing image of God.

October, 1998 
Uneasy Constellations of Meaning
Theological Perceptions and Visual Images in Sixteenth Century Europe &
The Religious Art of Andy Warhol

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May, 1998 Meeting
AYNI: The Andean Concept of Reciprocity

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